San Francisco

August 10, 2014, 9am PDT
San Francisco's Department of Environment will soon begin enforcing the city's mandatory commuter benefits program for the first time since the law's inception in 2009. Fines up to $500 may be levied for noncompliance after warning notices are sent.
San Francisco Examiner
August 7, 2014, 5am PDT
A new tier of service for Lyft launched today, allowing customers traveling in the same direction to share a ride. The new product follows a similar release earlier this week by Uber.
Forbes
August 4, 2014, 11am PDT
Data journalism site FiveThirtyEight wades into the complex world of transit ridership data, looking for insights into which cities make use of robust transit systems, and which still have work to do.
Five Thirty Eight
July 24, 2014, 1pm PDT
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering adopting an "Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone" policy to incentivize the development of urban gardens on empty lots (which actually do exist in San Francisco).
KPIX
July 22, 2014, 12pm PDT
Located between San Francisco and the East Bay, with harrowing on- and off-ramps for ingress and egress to the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island will soon add 8,000 homes, 500 hotel rooms, and 550,000 square feet of offices.
SFGate
July 17, 2014, 11am PDT
The initial presentation of a 40-story tower, designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, working for developer Tishman Speyer, prompted John King to argue in favor of the project. But will city planners and electeds grant the project an exception?
San Francisco Chronicle
July 16, 2014, 8am PDT
Not so fast, San Francisco Prop B (the approved measure requiring voter approval for projects exceeding height limits along the waterfront). The State Lands Commission has a legal bone to pick.
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2014, 2pm PDT
A long read by Eric Jaffe serves as a primer on the "Level of Service" (LOS) requirement in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as predicting the large impact of LOS reform on planning in the state and around the country.
CityLab
June 29, 2014, 9am PDT
A San Francisco city attorney spokesman used some colorful language in response to MonkeyParking's recent act of defiance against the city.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 25, 2014, 11am PDT
Equal parts a stunning victory for Chicago and a breathtaking failure for San Francisco, "Star Wars" director George Lucas has selected Chicago as the site of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2014, 8am PDT
A "cease-and-desist letter" was sent June 23 to MonkeyParking, a Rome-based tech startup that developed and markets an app that allows motorists to auction public parking spaces beginning at $5. The city attorney demanded shut-down by July 11.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 24, 2014, 10am PDT
The SFPark two-year pilot has concluded, and the city recently released comprehensive data that make a good case for its success in almost every possible metric of parking management. Now can the city expand the program?
S.F. Streetsblog
June 20, 2014, 10am PDT
The San Francisco Chronicle published a sweeping portrait of Airbnb's operations within the city of San Francisco—from previously unreleased data to personal stories of renters.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2014, 8am PDT
A finance website called nerdwallet took it upon itself to rank the "worst" cities to drive a car.
nerdwallet
June 19, 2014, 11am PDT
Eric Young reports on a "Stop the Flip" ordinance that will appear on the November ballot in San Francisco.
San Francisco Business Times
June 16, 2014, 1pm PDT
Big Alma is one of two boring machines used to tunnel under the streets of San Francisco to construct the new Central Subway to Chinatown. Big Bertha, Seattle's infamous tunnel borer, has been stalled since December. Big Alma emerged on June 11.
The San Francisco Examiner
June 10, 2014, 10am PDT
The conversion of San Francisco’s Presidio military base to parkland is reviewed by Los Angeles County park planner Clement Lau.
UrbDeZine
June 8, 2014, 1pm PDT
Bill Witte, president of Related California, one of the most active developers of residential and commercial properties on the West Coast, talks about real estate, affordable housing, and a squeezed middle class with The Planning Report.
The Planning Report
June 7, 2014, 1pm PDT
Tech firms have taken over more than three million square feet of existing office and industrial space in San Francisco—nearly the equivalent of New York City's new 1 World Trade Center building.
New York Times
June 7, 2014, 7am PDT
Many studies have measured and compared the sprawl of U.S. metropolitan areas. A recent study tracks the rate at which the same cities grew either less compact or more compact for the decade between 2000 and 2010.
CityLab